The MCU is one of the biggest superhero franchises in history. With over twenty films, countless interesting characters, and so much source material to pull from, it's no question as to why. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories, and when it comes to the MCU there are certainly a lot of them. From questions unanswered to character quirks, we managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding Black Widow.
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Nebula Suggested Natasha And Clint For The Soul Stone Because She Knew They Cared For Each OtherPhoto: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/MrMortsnarg:
How big of a coincidence it was that Clint and Natasha were the two people to get the Soul Stone. The Soul Stone requires someone to sacrifice the one they love most, in this case Clint reluctantly sacrificing Natasha. I wouldn't call those two going there a coincidence. Nebula was the only remaining Avenger that knew how to get the Soul Stone. In the 5 year gap, we see that her and Rocket were in regular contact with Natasha; while Natasha was still trying to find Clint. My theory, which admittedly isn't very groundbreaking, is that Nebula suggested that Clint and Natasha fetch the Soul Stone, since she witnessed how close they were. They are two of the perfect candidates to retrieve it.
Lots of people have brought up that Nebula didn't know how to retrieve the Soul Stone. This is admittedly an assumption on my part that she did. In my defense though, she processes Gamora's death as "He took her to Vormir. He came back with the Soul Stone. She didn't." I read that line as Nebula realizing the sacrifice that had to be made. Tony heard it too. "Whatever it takes"Interesting fan theory?
Hulk Knew He Couldn’t Bring Back Natasha Because He Met Her In The Soul WorldPhoto: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/Crispworthy:
Think about it..... we’ve only seen the soul stone used a couple of times; Thanos wiping out half the universe... and as soon as he does that, he has a moment in the soul world with the one he loves (Gamora: “did you do it?” etc) When the Hulk used it to bring everyone back. When Iron Man used it to get rid of Thanos and his army. We then see in a ‘deleted scene’ that Tony has a conversation in the soul world with his loved one (his daughter, all grown up).
So, going back to number two: doesn’t it make sense that Hulk got to meet his loved one in the soul world after he used the stones? Especially when we consider that he told Cap that he tried to bring her back. How does he know he didn’t!? Everyone appeared exactly where they were when they were dusted, maybe she came back to life there! But no, Hulk KNOWS she didn’t... how could he KNOW? Did Dr Strange go to Vormir and see if she was around? It’s possible, but did he chat to Hulk about it? Also, consider that Thanos meets Gamora in the soul world; because her soul maybe lives there now due to the sacrifice. The same could be said for Nat?Interesting fan theory?
Black Widow's Greatest Fear Was That She Could Never Become A MotherPhoto: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/creedwolf_:
Ok so if you rewatch Avengers and Loki and Nat's interaction. He uses the terms "Can you wipe out that much red. Dreykov's Daughter. Sãu Paulo. The Hospital Fire. Barton told me everything". We thought Natasha was Dreykov's daughter.But in Endgame we heard Redskull say "Welcome. Natasha, Daughter of Ivan".
In Age of ultron when Wanda did that mind control thing on her she saw her sterilization ceremony. "You think you're the only monster on the team" Says Natasha to Bruce when he talks about je can't have kids. Natasha had been pregnant with someone named Dreykov. But the red room aborted her. Made her sterile. She was so furious that she burned down the Hospital. Got under Shield's radar and they sent Clint to bring her down. Then something happened in Budapest. A war. Between the Red Room and Sheild. Widow helped Clint. That was the turning point. Thats why Clint brought her in instead of killing her.
She set a whole Hospital on fire because they killed her daughter. "Can you wipe out that much red. Dreykov's Daughter. Sãu Paulo. The Hospital Fire."Interesting fan theory?
Natasha Was Steve's First Kiss Since Peggy CarterPhoto: Captain America: The Winter Solider / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/Cynical-Sam:
On the car ride to Camp Leigh Natasha asks Steve if their kiss at the mall was his first one since 1945. Although Steve claims it wasn't evidence points towards the alternative. Captain America was defrosted in 2011, although it had been nearly seventy years since the plane crash, to him it feels like only yesterday. This means that he probably hasn't completely gotten over Peggy and most likely wouldn't start dating again for a little while. Keep in mind by 2014, during the events of the Winter Soldier, he was only just starting to get back into the dating business when he asks Sharon out for coffee, which she rejects. To me it seems unlikely that there would be any woman between this timeframe of 2011-2014 as not only would he have to get over Peggy but he would also have to juggle working with shield, catching up on what he missed, and fighting alongside his fellow Avengers. Are we really supposed to believe that he did all of this while dating (keeping in mind that he is notoriously slow on making the first move), I don't think so. One theory is that this supposed kiss was between him and Peggy after he returned. I doubt this to be the case however as she has gotten married and has aged much faster than Cap, not to mention in the scene that we see between the two of them there was no hint of romantic chemistry between them anymore.Interesting fan theory?